Authorised form of nameEdwards; George (1694 - 1773)
Dates1694 - 1773
Place of birthStratford, Essex, England
Date of birth03 April 1694
Date of death23 July 1773
Dates and placesBurial:
West Ham churchyard, London
Research fieldNatural history
By Mr Hewitt, clergyman of Leystonstone
Apprenticed in Fenchurch Street, London; travelled to Holland, Norway where he was suspected of being a spy (1718), and France (1719-1720); drew and sold colour pictures of animals; James Theobald (FRS 1725) was his patron; Sir Hans Sloane (FRS 1685) recommended his appointment as Librarian, Royal College of Physicians (1733); published 'History of birds' (1743-1764); died of cancer
FSA (1752)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election10/11/1757
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1750
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
John H Appleby, 'James Theobald, FRS (1688-1759), Merchant and Natural Historian' in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 179-189
David E Allen, 'Top-Drawer Birdman', review of A Stuart Mason, George Edwards: the Bedell and his Birds in NR 1993 vol 47 pp 316-317
First citation and list of proposers from certificate: 'Withdrawn 26 April 1744'. [See JB]
Royal Society codeNA8052
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1757/12Edwards, George: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/001245Edwards, Georgend
L&P/4/14Letter, 'Of a supposed accidental cross between a pheasant and a turkey' from George Edwards to Thomas Birch22 May 1760
L&P/1/290Paper, 'Of a white owl' by George Edwards1744
L&P/4/3/1Letter, 'Of the frog-fish of Surinam' from George Edwards to the Royal Society1760
L&P/1/290/2Plate, 'A white owl' by George Edwards1744
L&P/1/290/1Letter, 'Of a white owl' from George Edwards to Martin Folkes1744
L&P/4/54Letter, 'On Isaac Matthew's paper on a worm from Dominique [Dominica] having a plant growing from the head' from Emanuel Mendez Da Costa to George Edwards5 March 1761
L&P/2/260Letter, 'Oh a hybrid canary' from George Edwards to Thomas Birch3 February 1752
L&P/2/102Paper, 'Of a bird (bustard)' by George Edwards 20 February 1750
L&P/4/3Paper, 'Of the frog-fish of Surinam' by George Edwards 1760
L&P/5/207Letter, 'Of a bird from the East Indies' from George Edwards to James West1771
L&P/3/245/1Letter, 'Of the grey coot-footed Tringa, a species of snipe' from George Edwards to Thomas Birch3 May 1757
L&P/2/427Letter, 'Of birds taken at sea' from George Edwards to Thomas Birch8 March 1753
L&P/4/52/2Plate, unnamed [Worm with plant growing in head] by George Edwards1761
L&P/3/96Paper, 'Attempt to account for the rising of the sea at Lisbon after the earthquake' by George Edwards1755
L&P/3/245/2Plate, 'The grey coot-footed Tringa, shot near Halifax in Yorkshire (January 1757)' by George Edwards1757
L&P/4/255Letter, 'A beautiful Chinese pheasant - the argus' from George Edwards to Peter Collinson1 March 1765
L&P/4/52/1Letter, 'Of a worm from Dominique having a plant growing from the head' from Isaac Matthew to George Edwards1761
L&P/4/125Letter, 'Accompanying 31 coloured plates for a third part of his Gleanings of Natural History' from George Edwards to Thomas Birch9 October 1762
L&P/3/383Letter, 'Of birds from Terra Firma, north of the river Amazon' from George Edwards to Hugh Willoughby10 May 1759
L&P/4/3/2Plate, 'The frog-fish of Surinam drawn from nature of the size of life' by George Edwards 1760
L&P/3/251Letter, 'On an evening solar Iris' from George Edwards to Thomas Birch6 June 1757
L&P/5/280Paper, 'An attempt to explain why it is so much warmer in Europe than in America in the same degrees of north latitude' by George Edwards 27 December 1771
EC/1744/05Edwards, George: certificate of election to the Royal Society
L&P/2/469Letter, 'Of the pheasant of Pennsylvania and the Otis minor' from George Edwards to Peter Collinson10 January 1754
L&P/3/245Paper, 'Of the grey coot-footed Tringa, a species of snipe' by George Edwards3 May 1757
L&P/3/161Paper, 'An account of Lacerta' by George Edwards1756
L&P/4/162Letter, 'An observation in optics (vision in fish)' from George Edwards to Thomas Birch15 June 1763
EC/1968/11Edward, George Robert: certificate of election to the Royal Society
P/0274Portrait of Edwards, Georgec.1760
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